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Definition of Polyamory

(noun) Any condition or practice that involves romantic or sexual relationships with multiple consenting partners.

Types of Polyamory

Polyamory Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: pol·y·am·o·ry

Audio Pronunciation

– American English
– British English

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /ˌpɑliˈæməri/
  • British English – /ˌpɒliˈam(ə)ri/

Usage Notes

  • Plural: polyamories
  • A (noun) polyamorist engages in a (adjective) polyamorous or (adjective) polyamoristic marriage.

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Works Consulted

Crooks, Robert, and Karla Baur. 2014. Our Sexuality. 12th ed. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Cengage Learning.

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Ravelli, Bruce, and Michelle Webber. 2016. Exploring Sociology: A Canadian Perspective. 3rd ed. Toronto: Pearson.

Scott, John, and Gordon Marshall. 2005. A Dictionary of Sociology. New York: Oxford University Press.

Wikipedia contributors. (N.d.) Wiktionary, The Free Dictionary. Wikimedia Foundation. (http://en.wiktionary.org).

Cite the Definition of Polyamory

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “polyamory.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved June 23, 2024 (https://sociologydictionary.org/polyamory/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

polyamory. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/polyamory/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “polyamory.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed June 23, 2024. https://sociologydictionary.org/polyamory/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“polyamory.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 23 Jun. 2024. <https://sociologydictionary.org/polyamory/>.